“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 16, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” VI

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” Vl, Isaiah 16:6) We have heard of the pride of Moab, he is very proud:  even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath:  but his lies shall not be so.  Jeremiah 48:29.  7) Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl:  for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.  2 Kings 3:25.  8) For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah:  the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness:  her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.  9) Therefore I (The Prophet Isaiah) will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah:  I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh:  for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, Pride Is A Regular Target Of The Lord’s Judgment (2:5-22; 13:11).  v7, Kir Hareseth is another name for Kir (15:1).  v8, Vine Is a figure of speech for Moab (compare Israel’s description as a vine in 5:1-7).  Sea may refer to the Dead Sea because it is the nearest large body of water to Moab.  v9, Heshbon and Elealeh were among the principal settlements in ancient Moab (15:4).

Quest Study Bible – v6, “What did Moab have to boast about?”  This insignificant nation was only a whimper compared to the roaring of other nations such as Assyria.  Moab’s pride was based on its own feelings of self-importance, not reality.  Inflated opinions of oneself, particularly when set alongside shriveled resources and abilities, demonstrate how ridiculous human boasting is.  v8, “How was Moab trampled down?”  The Assyrian king, Sargon ll, put down a rebellion along its western border states (716 B. C.) and probably squelched Moab in the process.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-14, Those That Will Not Be Counselled, Cannot Be Helped.  More souls are ruined by pride than by any other sin.  Also, the very proud are commonly very passionate.  With lies many seek to gain the gratification of pride and passion, but they shall not compass (go around) proud and angry projects.  Moab was famous for fields and vineyards; but they shall be laid waste by the invading army.  God Can Soon Turn Laughter Into Mourning And Joy Into Heaviness.  In God Let Us Always Rejoice With Holy Triumph; in earthly things let us always rejoice with Holy Trembling.  The Prophet looks with concern on the desolation’s of such a pleasant country; it causes inward grief.  The false gods of Moab are unable to help and The God Of Israel, The Only True God, Can And Will Make Good What He Has Spoken.  Let Moab know her ruin is very near and prepare.  The Most Awful Declarations Of Divine Wrath, discover the way of escape to those who take warning.  There Is No Escape, But By Submission To The Son Of David, And Devoting Ourselves To Him.  And at length, when the appointed time comes, all the glory, prosperity, and multitude of The Wicked Shall Perish.     

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